South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the easing of lockdown regulations in South Africa.
During a televised address to the nation, President Ramaphosa said “Following consultations with provincial and local government representatives, and drawing on the advice of scientists and engagements with various stakeholders, Cabinet decided this morning that the country should move to alert level 1”.
Ramaphosa added “The move to alert level 1 will take effect from midnight on Sunday 20 September 2020”.
International travel was restricted during level 2 and will be permitted with effected from 01 October 2020. South Africa will commence international travel under new health measures and the country will release a list of states permitted to travel to the country.
” We will be allowing travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other travel with effect from 1 October 2020″ said Ramaphosa. Travel will subject to various containment and mitigation measures:
- Travel may be restricted to and from certain countries that have high infection rates. A list
of countries will be published based on the latest scientific data.
- Travellers will only be able to use one of the land border posts that have remained operational during the lockdown or one of the three main airports: King Shaka, OR Tambo and Cape Town International Airport.
- On arrival, travellers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from time of departure.
South Africa joins other Southern African countries that have reopened their borders. Zimbabwe announced last week the resumption of international flights from 1 October.
The international flights resumption comes at a time when South African Airways and British Airways Comair are both under business rescue. Harare Johannesburg is one of the busiest routes on the African continent, this provides an interesting dynamic on the seats offered on that route.
South African Airlink (4Z), fastjet (FN) and Air Zimbabwe (UM) are the remaining operators on this route. With the propensity to travel still low, these three will have to battle it out to get the biggest share of the available market share.
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